Today in APIs: Story, and 12 New APIs

The TVU Grid open API for integrating video distribution is released. Touchtunes releases APIs so third parties can build jukebox apps. Plus: the hypermedia constraint of REST, DoD cloud spending on the rise, and 12 new APIs.

TVU Networks' API

TVU Networks' TVU Grid is a platform for TV stations to manage, route, switch and distribute live video content over the Internet. The API integrates any broadcast equipment into the TVU ecosystem.

As the company outline its API in its press release,

TVU Grid open API enables third party broadcast equipment manufacturers and solution providers to integrate new or existing applications and devices with the TVU Grid ecosystem. This allows third party developers to take full advantage of TVU Grid's Web-based central control system, seamless switching capabilities, and complete ecosystem.

This will make it possible for TV stations to control all of their live feeds regardless of what broadcast equipment they were created on.

Touchtunes APIs Open its Jukebox

Touchtunes makes jukeboxes like no other: you can do Karaoke, use it as a photo booth, and even stream selections onto your phone. And it offers what it calls the worlds's largest jukebox network. Now its launching APIs to open up that platform to third parties. Touchtunes claims to have the second largest number of paid downloads after iTunes.

As Nick Montano reports in Vending Times, Touchtunes has started an API partner program:

To get things started, TouchTunes has released three of its APIs, which it describes as "lite," to test the waters. The location API consists of data for more than 60,000 TouchTunes jukebox venues -- ideal for generating maps. The "now playing" API shows what song is playing at any of those TouchTunes locations. And the music search API returns results to flexible queries about available artists and songs.

According to the Touchtunes blog, there are 3 APIs: The location API generates maps of where Touchtunes is being used (mostly in bars and restaurants). The Now Playing API is a lite version (is that beta?) that shows what song is playing at any of those 60,000 locations. And the music search API returns songs and artists from queries.

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12 New APIs

Today we had 12 new APIs added to our API directory including a calendaring api for marketing vendors, a google+ data provider, a math equation to png image conversion tool, a helpdesk service and a uk travel time map service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

31Events31Events API: 31Events is a calendaring service that sends invites directly to a customers' calendars. If the invite is accepted, the recipient is automatically signed up for the event. The service aims to monitor large groups along with accept or deny status and hopes to Increased Webinar attendance. The 31Events API uses REST calls, returns JSON, and allows users to make a variety of calls including create, update, get , list and delete events, as well as manipulate account information. An account is required with service.

CircleCountCircleCount API: CircleCount is a google+ analysis site that tracks the number of circles profiles are in under the assumption that the number of followers is a metric that measures a person's influence on Google+. The higher the number, the higher the person's influence since more followers are likely to view this person's posts. The CircleCount API exposes public Google+ data and provides access to the data collected by CircleCount and is customizable by the user. The API returns JSON formats and currently has no rate limit for use.

Equa ImagesEqua Images API: Provided by Tools Webtop, Equa Images allows the user to submit a mathematical equation or formula expressed in the most common operations. The Equa Images API returns the formula expressed as an image in PNG format.

HappyFoxHappyFox API: HappyFox is a web based customer support ticketing system hosted on the cloud. HappyFox helps you to track and manage customer support requests across multiple channels like email, chats and social media in a centralized ticket support system. The HappyFox API supports operations like creating a ticket, adding updates to a ticket, listing tickets and users of the Helpdesk. The API Uses REST calls and returns JSON or XML. An account is required with service.

MapumentalMapumental API: Mapumental is a tool for creating travel time maps for places of interest in the UK. Users may type in a postcode or geographic coordinates along with a maximum travel time in minutes and instantly see their travel range. The Mapumental API's map output can be represented as either a PNG image file or a GRASS ASCII grid raster.

PriceChartingPriceCharting API: PriceCharting is a video game pricing database that tracks historical and current prices on on over 26,000 games fro a variety of consoles. The site includes price comparisons from multiple stores, charts for every item showing price changes over time, downloadable game prices with customizable Game Price Guide service, a video game news and price analysis in the Video Game Pricing blog. The PriceCharting API allows users to access data users have purchased as part of a custom price guide. The API uses REST calls and returns JSON.

QLD Wildlife DataQLD Wildlife Data API: WildNet is Queensland's database of the names and conservation statuses of their plants, protists, mammals, fungi, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and some fish and invertebrates.

This API from Queensland (QLD) Government enables access to QLD Government's WildNet data that is approved for public release. Species profiles, notes, images, statuses, and survey locations are all available via a number a retrieve functions. There are three formats to do this retrieving: JSON, XML, and CSV. GeoJSON or KML will be used when requesting spatial locations with the json and xml formats.

Recognize.ByRecognize.By API: Recognize.By is developing the means for automatic analysis of data formats such as images, photographs, audio files, and videos. The Recognize.By API currently allows developers to integrate its proprietary image recognition service into their own websites or applications.

SecureVideo.comSecureVideo.com API: SecureVideo provides a HIPAA-Compliant videoconferencing service allowing mental health care providers (psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, etc.) to conduct virtual appointments with patients.

The SecureVideo API integrates user and report information, session workflow data, and HIPAA compliance data with third-party electronic medical records or other applications.

skyParse Resume ParserskyParse Resume Parser API: skyParse provides a cloud-based resume parsing service primarily for Human Resources departments and recruiters. Users input resume files (usually Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF) and the parser returns the resume data in an XML document based on the industry standard HR-XML schema. The Resume Parsing API is available in either REST or SOAP protocol.

TimeCampTimeCamp API: TimeCamp tracks time your Team spend on each project. The company aims to improve billing time, measuring productivity, save strength and money through process analysis to determine which way the time runs out to prevent it project stoppage. It also facilitates planning time and budgeting for future projects. The TimeCamp API allows users to perform basic tasks such as make queries to deal with users, tasks, time entry, computer activities, clients, and invoices. The API uses REST calls and can return XML, JSON, CSV, rawxml, jsonp, serialized, php, or html. An account is require with service and SSL and API Tokens are used for authentication.

WavecellWavecell API: Wavecell is a global messaging service that offers reliability, scalability, analytics, multi-carrier access, and other features. The Wavecell API for SMS allow applications to send SMS worldwide. The API is designed for the sending of SMS-MT messages, as well for receiving SMS-MO and delivery report. An account is required with service. The API is available in both REST and SOAP formats.

Greg Bates A writer for Programmableweb since 2012, Greg is a freelance writer and a maniacal editor of dissertations and term papers. - Follow me on Google+

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